Walking the line between nerd and cool.

Video Killed The Radio Star (and slideshows)

When MTV first started, Video Killed the Radio Star was the first video played. Thanks to a tip from the Google Photos Blog, I was turned on to Animoto. They describe themselves as “the end of slideshows.” While that’s a bold statement, they certainly do make the traditional slideshow look silly. Animoto interfaces directly with Google’s Picasa, my favorite choice for managing and sharing photos online. Check out the sample video I made for the Crossroads Bonfire.

Ever since we got our new computers, I’ve wanted to make our own countdowns using photos from our events. It allows kids to re-connect with the event from the previous week, and it builds community as kids point and cheer when they make it into the video. It’s a great use of technology in ministry. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened frequently, however, because it takes so long to make a video that has anything other than pictures fading in and out.

Animoto doesn’t offer a downloadable version of the video yet, but they tell me that they are working on it and that the final video will be high enough quality to burn to DVD. This comes from their helpful customer service people who responded to my email request within 20 minutes. With Animoto’s help, I’ll get a cool picture video and just slap a standard countdown text over the top, giving me a video in next to no time that looks professionally done. Very exciting!

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2 responses

  1. Sue Steege

    Way cool, Jason!!! I love the Crossroads video. We have great kids at First Trinity!!!

    November 14, 2007 at 3:32 pm

  2. The best part is that the video takes about 5 minutes to create. Then their server does the rest and spits out the final product. It actually took me more time to write up and linkify this blog entry than it did to play with making a video.

    November 14, 2007 at 3:33 pm

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